The lockdown has given people plenty of opportunity to buy stuff they can’t afford and don’t really need, I know, I’m one of them. I’d been thinking about replacing the 7Artisan 35mm f2. This lens is tremendous value for money, but in the long term I want a lens with better control over edge sharpness and flare.
A while back when I had the M9 then M240 I used the Zeiss 35mm C-Biogon as my main lens and it was superb, to my mind. A lot of water, waste plastic and shopping trolleys have gone under the bridge since then, ’twas time to get another. Luckily there was a minter on eBay.
Clearly the lens needed immediate testing on arrival but what to photograph. I live near the centre of Rochdale, a great place to pass through. It has a few mildly interesting buildings and at the moment is like a ghost town. I could go on my official exercise walks with the camera.
So I did. With the M6 loaded with T-Max 400 and a Heliopan yellow filter and lovely sunny weather with blue skies, I set off on my walks. Trying to get interesting photos was going to be a challenge in Rochdale, what I got are technically nice but not particularly enthralling.
I live near the old C of E church called St Chads, You can see Chad above the door.
Years ago town corporations and wealthy toffs liked to show off with huge fancy town halls and Rochdale’s certainly does that.
The one thing that Rochdale does have of interest is the first Co-operative shop, now a museum.
The main street has recessed into a street full of charity shops, pound shops and pawnbrokers, however the council have built a new town centre consisting of one small street with a cinema and some shops with the intention of revitalising the towns fortunes. Notice how the photos are completely devoid of humans, to me this is a positive thing.
The film was whizzed off to the lab, processed and my scans we-transferred. I was very impressed with this lens, the detail is extraordinary when images are viewed as A3 prints. The combination of Zeiss 35mm lens, Kodak T-Max 400, Fuji Negastar developer and Noritsu scans is a happy one.
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